Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made in the liver and found in certain foods from animals, such as dairy products, eggs, and meat. The body needs some cholesterol in order to function properly. if you have too much in your blood, it can combine with other substances in the blood and stick to the walls of your arteries.
High blood cholesterol is a condition in which you have too much cholesterol in your blood. By itself, the condition usually has no signs or symptoms. Many people don’t know that their cholesterol levels are too high.
The higher the level of LDL cholesterol in your blood, the GREATER your chance is of getting heart disease. The higher the level of HDL cholesterol in your blood, the LOWER your chance is of getting heart disease.
Who is affected by High Cholesterol:
Raised or unhealthy patterns of blood cholesterol affect many people. Many factors play a part including:
- The genes you inherit from your parents
- Your diet and lifestyle
- Your weight
- Whether you are male or female
- Your age
- Your ethnicity
- Your medical history
Treatment & Care:
Our Doctors emphasize diet, exercise, and weight loss to reduce cholesterol. Medications are another important option to lower heart disease risk.
Get Heart-Healthy: You can lower your risk by making this small change: At each meal, choose foods that are good for your heart.
Keeping our daily saturated fat intake below 20g for women and 30g for men is vital for cholesterol lowering, but it is equally important to replace this saturated fat with modest amounts of unsaturated fats such as those found in olive, sunflower, corn, rapeseed and other vegetable, nut and seed oils. Other foods rich in unsaturated fats include vegetable spreads, avocado, oily fish and nuts. Avoid coconut and palm oil as, unlike other these vegetable oils, they are rich in saturated fats.